Argentina began to apply on Monday the entry quota of 600 travelers per day that the Government decreed to minimize and delay the entry of the Delta variant of coronavirus, while the airlines show their dissatisfaction with a measure that, they say, they still do not know how it will be applied.

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The Vice President for the Americas of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Peter Cerdá, said in a statement that “As it is, airlines will not be able to apply the new government rule”, and stressed that the Executive should “Report how the 600 seats will be distributed among the airlines.”

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“This must be done in a non-discriminatory and transparent manner, which is why we have requested an urgent meeting with those responsible. As an industry, we would like to continue to offer essential air connectivity to and from Argentina, both during and after the pandemic. But by making these short-term, unilateral decisions, the government runs the risk of further isolating the country ”, highlights the statement.

Argentina It had already capped 2,000 daily passengers that could arrive on international flights, which has now been reduced to 600, which, according to IATA, “It will force the airlines to leave thousands of passengers abroad, mainly Argentine citizens and residents.”

The measure, which the Government announced this Friday, also provides that passengers must undergo a PCR before boarding the plane bound for Argentina, another test upon arrival in the country and a third on the seventh day of entry.

If the test upon admission is negative, they must perform isolation where indicated by the jurisdictions for ten days from the test carried out in the country of origin and a new test to complete it; If it is positive, a genomic sequencing test will be carried out and isolation will be carried out where indicated by the national authorities.

Then, the jurisdictions will control that those who returned from a trip are serving isolation and criminal complaints will be filed for non-compliance, for which prison penalties of six months to two years are provided for violation of measures against pandemics and from 15 days to one year for disobedience to public authority.

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